Choosing perennial flowers for the

wilder parts of the garden

Australians flock to Western Australia during September to see the magnificent displays of our indigenous wildflowers. Sadly these spectacular displays are difficult to repeat in east-coast gardens because of the very specific nutrient levels of WA soils.
Annual Wildflowers
We have been experimenting with growing Australian native annual flowers for over 20 years and have only had success with Helipterums and Helichrysums in the sense of directly sowing these seeds en masse to create flowering meadows.
Perennial Wildflowers
Australia does have incredibly beautiful wildflowers in the alpine regions of Tasmania, Victoria and southern New South Wales, but all of them are perennials that are used to winter temperatures dropping between -10°C and -18°C, and so rarely survive in frost-free coastal gardens (CZ 10) or in frostier, inland country gardens (CZ 9a 9b) where temperatures only reach -7°C.
All our popular perennials that make appealing displays come from Europe and Northern America.

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